A short time ago, H.R. 2252 was passed by the United States Senate. This bill will restore Border Patrol agents as employees that receive Fair Labor Standards Act pay until the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act is fully implemented. The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank Senators Johnson, McCain, Tester, and Cardin, their staffs, and the many others who helped make this happen.
Earlier today, H.R. 2252, a bill to clarify provisions of the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act of 2014, was passed by the House of Representatives by unanimous consent. The bill will now head to the United States Senate for consideration. We have been advised that it should receive swift passage there as well.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank Rep. William Hurd of Texas's 23rd Congressional District and his staff for their efforts in shepherding this bill through the legislative process. Rep. Hurd’s championing of this bill will have a significant impact on border security and the financial well-being of Border Patrol agents nationwide.
As previously stated, the National Border Patrol Council has been working with Congress to address the Agency's attempt to implement parts of the BPAPRA. The following bill is the result of those discussions. Although this bill has not been introduced yet, the NBPC has been informed that the bill will be introduced soon. The bill, as indicated, will prevent the partial implementation of the BPAPRA, such as exempting agents from FLSA, until OPM promulgates and makes effective regulations related to the BPAPRA.
Last week both houses of Congress passed proposed budgets for FY 2016 and the contents of these proposals do not bode well for federal employees.
Both proposals would require you and all federal employees to contribute an additional $127 billion of your salary from 2016 through 2025. There are also $32 billion in cuts from the Thrift Savings Plan G-Fund, which would reduce the rate paid to retirees for investments in the G-fund.
The National Border Patrol Council is currently working with AFGE and other affected components to counter the devastating effects of these proposals. It is estimated that there will be further movement on this issue during the second to third week of April. This process is by no means over and the National Border Patrol Council plans to use every tool at its disposal to deal with these budget proposals.